Italy / 08-03-2017
Turin - University of Turin’s Student Council called on the university to cease all academic collaborations and ties with the Haifa-based Technion.
The resolution, which marks the first time a BDS resolution has been formally adopted by an Italian university student council, was passed last week by a vote of 16 in favor and five opposed.
As part of the decision, the council called on the university to cease all academic collaborations and ties with the Haifa-based Technion, citing the institution’s complicity in Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.
The motion is part of a broader campaign called “Students against the Technion,” initiated last year by university students throughout Italy in favor of BDS and in support of a group of Italian academics who circulated an online petition, “Italian Campaign for the Revocation of Agreements with the Technion.”
The motion still has to gain the approval of the Academic Council and the rector before it will take effect.
According to the Italian daily La Repubblica, University of Turin Rector Gianmaria Ajani said in response: “The cooperation we have with the Technion was approved by the majority of the Senate and the board and the agreements do not involve military activities related to the use of technologies or the violation of human rights.”